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A New Welcome for Jewish Daughters

An interview with the author of the only book on welcoming ceremonies for Jewish girls reveals much about contemporary Jewish life.

History of Jewish Ceremonies for Baby Girls

Rituals & customs marking the birth of girls have existed since biblical times, but they've blossomed in the past 30 years.

The Elements of a Brit Bat Jewish Welcoming Ceremony

Despite the relative newness and great varieties of welcoming ceremonies for girls, a basic structure appears to have emerged.

When She Arrives

How can creativity and a sense of commandedness be combined when confronting new ritual needs?

Contemporary Issues in Baby Ceremonies

Circumcision debates and intermarriage

Jewish Newborn Ceremonies 101

An overview of ceremonies to welcome baby boys and girls.